How does it work?
Watch this 1 minute video that explains the LP in a easily understandable way…
The Lightning Process applies this sound scientific principle so you can get back in charge of three very important processes in your body – The Physical Emergency Response (PER), Allostatic Load and Neuroplasticity.
Physical Emergency Response (PER) and Allostatic Load
The PER is the flight or fight response (Selye, 1936, Parker, 2012) – it’s our body’s natural reaction to any threat and provides amazing bursts of strength and speed, changing our body’s hormones and fuel usage and so on – and is ideal for escaping a tiger in the wild – this ability to manage our body’s system depending on what we need is called Allostasis (Sterling & Eyer, 1988). The PER is generally a good thing, but it’s really designed to be activated only for very short periods of time.
Unfortunately, the ‘threats’ (Ursin & Eriksen, 2004) we find ourselves under, such as illness, chronic infections, pollution, relationships, jobs, exams or paying the mortgage, tend to last for longer periods of time. And research shows that long-term activation of these changes as a result of the PER is really bad for us - creating havoc with our sleep, healing and immune system, digestion, clear thinking and general mood – this is called Allostatic Load and has been shown to be linked to chronic illness, including heart disease, abdominal obesity, hypertension, diabetes, (Mattei, Demissie, Falcon, Ordovas, & Tucker, 2010), migraines and pain (Borsook D, Maleki N, Becerra L, & McEwen B, 2012), asthma (Bahreinian S et al., 2013) and CFS (Maloney EM, Boneva R, Nater UM, & Reeves WC, 2009).
Reducing allostatic load is considered to vital for improving chronic health conditions (Logan & Barksdale, 2008); the Lightning Process does this by teaching you how to spot when the PER is happening and how you can calm this response down, allowing your body to re-balance itself.
Neuroplasticity (Komitova, Johansson, & Eriksson, 2006) is the brain’s amazing ability to rapidly change just by being used differently. Research has shown that simply by using new ways of thinking, old nerve pathways are switched off and replaced by new, more useful, pathways. Watch this brief video to see it in action.
The Lightning Process will teach you how to use Neuroplasticity to break out of any destructive unconscious patterns that are keeping you stuck, and learn to use new, life and health enhancing ones instead.
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